Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style Photo Treatment

Following our series of Photoshop Quick Tips, today we have a really nice tip from Cameron, a photographer and digital artist working at BOXeight Studio. Cameron will show us a really cool photo treatment that will give an edgy, surreal look and feel to a regular photo.

Step 1

Open the photo you want to appy the effect in Photoshop.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 2

Duplicate Background Layer.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 3

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation (CTRL/CMD+U). Use -60 for the Saturation.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 4

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Use Black and White for the colors and change the Blend Mode to Soft light.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 5

Select the Brush Tool (B) and use a Hard Edged brush at 30% opacity and paint some light back into the iris by just painting over the layer mask of the adjustment layer.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 6

Create a new layer and fill with 50% gray and set the Blend Mode to overlay. Also use Dodge Tool to bring out eyes. Use Midtones and 60% exposure then repeat steps 5 & 6 except use a smaller brush and focus on more detailed areas to bring out.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 7

Create a new gradient fill layer and set to angle gradient. invert layer mask and paint the iris. Set Blend Mode to Color. Opacity: 50%

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Step 8

Apply image to a new layer Ctrl/Cmd + shift + alt/opt + e. Set to Overlay the Blend Mode, then go to Filter>Other>High Pass with a radius of 5.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Conclusion

Here's the final result. You can use different colors or even add some glow, now it's up to you.

Photoshop Quick Tips #7 - Edgy Style to Photos

Download the PSD file

Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial.

Written by

My name is Cameron Rad and I am a graphic designer and photographer from Los Angeles, CA. I first started designing by just photoshopping dirt bikes. I wanted to see what they would look like before I bought parts for them. It grew ever since.

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